Heart Speaks To Heart

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Heart Speaks to Heart

 

Rev. Robert Hyde

6/2/20

“If you want peace, work for justice,” Pope Paul VI. Pope Paul’s words are plainer today than ever. The protests after the wrongful death of George Floyd in Minneapolis show that peace and justice go together. Peaceful demonstrations are a sign of a healthy democracy.
However, injustice cannot be defeated with unjust means. The riots and looting we have seen in our area and across the country will not bring about justice in our society. Stealing, burning, assault, even murder, have happened in these past few days. These riots only victimize innocent shop owners and make a bad economy worse.
I am not a politician, I hope our local, state and national leaders find ways to assure public order and address injustice.
Prayer and good living are all I can do to influence this situation. June 10th we will begin to pray a Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for our country and our world. I will notify you of further information soon.

Thank you Carleen: Carleen Smith, our longtime parish secretary has resigned. Please join me in expressing our thanks to Carleen for her many years (almost 30!) that Carleen worked at St. Margaret’s. Carleen was a happy voice on the telephone, a great listener, and kind to all who came to the office, even the more eccentric characters. She was also very good at putting up with me!
I will miss Carleen’s quick sense of humor and her bottomless knowledge of the families and personalities and the history of St. Margaret’s. Thank you, Carleen, and God bless you.

St. Patrick’s Day Raffle: Our St. Patrick’s Day committee will have the drawing of the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle on Saturday, June 6th, after the 4:30 Mass in the gym. We will livestream the drawing just as we have livestreamed the Masses here at St. Margaret’s.
They still plan on having the party when conditions permit, possibly in September.

Blood Drive: Our blood drive is accepting walk-ins! Our last blood drive will be at St. Margaret’s McNeil Auditorium (the gym) on June 18th. Please give blood, if you can. They still prefer you make an appointment.. You can make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
Masses: We will continue to have Masses on FaceBook live and YouTube. You can link to our Facebook page and YouTube channel on our parish webpage: www.stmargchurchmattydale.org. Mass times for the livestreaming are posted on the parish Facebook page. The YouTube page has the Masses available for viewing throughout the day.
Public Masses: We have resumed our normal weekend Mass times: Saturday at 4:30PM, Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM. If you want to attend in church, please call the rectory Wednesday – Friday at 315-455-5534 to make a reservation. We have room for 20 people at each Mass, 60 each weekend. If this fills up, don’t worry, you can still attend in your cars in the parking lot you where can hear and see the Mass livestreamed on Facebook live over your cellphones. We are exploring how to make the Mass available in the parking lot on your car radios.
We will have communion after Mass for those in their cars.

Food Pantry: Food Pantry hours are: Monday – Tuesday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM; Wednesday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM; Thursday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Closed Fridays and weekends. Evening hours are suspended. Suitable precautions are being taken. Please call 315-454-4515 if you have food to drop off or you need food. At this time cash donations are very useful for the Food Pantry as they can purchase needed items from the Food Bank that are in short supply in grocery stores. You can mail cash donations or drop them off at the rectory through the mail slot. You can also give at www.stmargchurchmattydale.org, simply go to the donations link at the bottom of the page, click on it. Choose “Human Development” for your donation. Thank you in advance

We live in confusing times, from the coronavirus to civil unrest, we are all reeling. I hope that with prayer, working for justice, and charity, our country can find tranquility. Please pray.
In Christ,
Fr. Rob Hyde

 

Rev. Robert Hyde
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Alleluia! Public Masses will resume! Enclosed is Bishop Douglas Lucia’s letter announcing the resumption of public Masses beginning this weekend, Pentecost Sunday, May 31st. The Bishop’s letter is short and to the point, but he has sent out a longer set of messages detailing all the precautions that we must take to celebrate Mass publicly. These precautions include:

Limits on the number of people allowed in each church for Mass. For St. Margaret’s this will be 20 people (10 in the greeting area and 10 in the church).

All attending must wear masks and have no symptoms of illness. Social distancing must be observed with others, except for those in the same household. Masks will be removed for receiving Communion. Ministers of Communion will have masks. All must clean hands on entering the church for Mass and ministers must clean hands before receiving Communion.

The church must be sanitized between Masses. No hymnals or missalettes may be used only one-time use worship sheets. Singing is limited to musician and cantor; choirs are still suspended.

We are still working out other details. We will have our normal Mass times this weekend: Saturday at 4:30PM, Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:45 AM.

If you want to attend in church, please call the rectory at 315-455-5534 to make a reservation. This should fill up soon. Don’t worry, you can still attend in your cars in the parking lot you can hear and see the Mass livestreamed on Facebook live in your cars. We hope to make communion available to everyone in church and outside. We hope to make Mass available on your car radios for those in the parking lot sometime soon.

Daily Masses will resume on a new schedule. Monday, Tuesday at 6:45 AM, & Thursday, Friday at 6:45 AM. We will post schedules on the electronic sign and on the parish website. For daily Mass we will have a sign-in for the 20 places inside the church entrance. In the unlikely event the daily Mass if full we will have a sign-up to receive communion in your car. As with Sunday Mass the daily Mass can be live-streamed on Facebook live.
I realize that this is not Mass as we are used to. Please pray that soon we will all be together. Thank you all for your patience and prayers, God bless you!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Robert P. Hyde Jr.
Pastor

 

Letter From the Bishop

 

 

5/12/20

Sacraments Available: The public celebration of Mass is suspended, although Mass in our parish is still celebrated daily and all Mass intentions are being fulfilled. However, other sacraments are available.
Anointing of the Sick: If you or someone you love is in the hospital, they can receive the Anointing of the Sick, the sacrament of healing for body and soul. Priests are on-call for all area hospitals for anointing, including yours truly, simply ask the hospital staff to contact the chaplains office and they will arrange everything. I am also anointing people who are sick and homebound at home on request, simply call the rectory to arrange a time. If you are going into the hospital for a scheduled surgery but not suffering from COVID19 you can also make an appointment with me to anoint you either at your home or here at St. Margaret’s before you go
into the hospital. Call the rectory to make an appointment
Confessions: The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM in St. Margaret’s Church. Please practice social distancing and confess in the confessional from behind the screen. You can also make a confession by appointment, simply call the rectory to make an appointment.
St. Patrick’s Day Raffle: Our St. Patrick’s Day committee has been hoping against hope that they could have the party and drawing all together at a later date. It is clear that this is impossible. So, we will have the drawing on Saturday, June 6th . We will announce the time and will livestream the drawing just as we have livestreamed the Masses here at St. Margaret’s. They still plan on having the party when conditions permit, possibly in September. Blood Drive: Our last blood drive will be at St. Margaret’s McNeil Auditorium (the gym) on June 18th . Please give blood, if you can. Blood donation is by appointment only. You can make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767. Thanks to Thomas Hallat, who helped organize the donations and volunteers. Thank you also to our staff who help host the drive. If you have had COVID19 virus, and recovered, your blood plasma could help save those still suffering from COVID19. For more information go to:  www.redcrossblood.org where you can find out how to donate and perhaps save lives.
Masses: We will continue to have Masses on FaceBook live and YouTube every day. You can links to our FaceBook page and YouTube channel on our parish webpage: www.stmargchurchmattydale.org. Mass times for the livestreaming are posted on the parish FaceBook page. The YouTube page has the Masses available for viewing throughout the day.
Food Pantry: Food Pantry hours are: Monday – Tuesday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM; Wednesday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM; Thursday 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Closed Fridays and weekends. Evening hours are suspended. Suitable precautions are being taken. Please call 315-454-4515 if you have food to drop off or you need food. At this time cash donations are very useful for the Food Pantry as they can purchase needed items from the Food Bank that are in short supply in grocery stores. You can mail cash donations or drop them off at the rectory through the mail slot. You can also give at www.stmargchurchmattydale.org, simply go to the donations link at the bottom of the page, click on it. Choose “Human Development” for your donation. Thank you in advance

We are still in the Easter season. May the Resurrection of Jesus give us the faith, hope, and charity to carry on. Pray for an end to this pandemic and for all our essential workers, especially nurses in this time of National Nurses Week.
In Christ,
Fr. Rob Hyde